Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 Review “A’ ale Ma’a Wau” – Catherine Makes a Big Decision

'A'ale Ma'a Wau (Fish out of Water)

In this episode of Hawaii Five-0, called “A’ ale Ma’a Wau” (Hawaiian for “Fish Out of Water), a cowboy comes to the island and brings trouble, Kono and Adam are still on the run, Catherine makes an important decision and Steve finally gets an answer about Wo Fat.

Man, I don’t think I realized just how much was packed into this episode until I had to write that short synopsis above. It was a deceptive episode, with so much fun stuff and action that it was almost hard to forget just how much happened.

Kono and Adam Switch to Offense

How awesome was Kono in this episode? I swear I’m almost having more fun watching her on the run than I usually do when she’s a regular part of the team. I don’t know, I guess it’s just something about seeing her take charge and not really having anyone to depend on. Sure, she’s not alone and I love her and Adam together but let’s face it, he’s not exactly useful in a firefight – and he can’t fish either. I have no idea what they are going to do next, but I really like the idea of them switching up from playing defense to offense. Something tells me that the Yakuza won’t be expecting that.

The Cowboy

Since they gave away in the preview that Ray was a good guy, it sort of took away from the mystery as the guys were chasing him and all of his supposed crimes. I almost wish I hadn’t known that about him as then I might have actually believed he was a criminal and been extra-shocked to discover he was actually a Texas Ranger looking for his daughter. But no matter, Tim Daly was fantastic and added a lot to the episode.

Catherine’s New Gig

I don’t know if Catherine quitting the navy was something that has been known for a while so if it is, forgive my ignorance. But I think it’s a great idea. There’s only so many times that they can use her on a case and make it plausible as long as she wears a uniform. Setting her up in the private sector leaves her open to become involved in all kinds of Five-0 cases, which is bound to be great. Plus of course there’s the added snag that she once had a thing with Billy. I’m with Danny in that I think it will cause friction, I just don’t happen to hate the idea. Besides, I don’t think anything would ever actually happen between Catherine and Billy, I just appreciate the drama that will come from having them work together.

Wo Fat Mystery Solved – Darn it!

I had a feeling when they brought the idea of Wo Fat and Steve being half-brothers front and center on the show that it was going to turn out to be a red herring. No way would they give us something as tantalizing as Steve asking for a blood test this early in a season and not have it turn out to be false. For me it’s such a letdown though. I was really hoping they would be half-brothers. I mean seriously, how awesome would that have been? The angst-value on that storyline would’ve been gold for seasons to come. Oh well, now we’re back to wondering what the real story is and why Doris talked to Wo Fat. I’m fresh out of theories so I’ll just wait to see what other clues we get.

My favorite bits..

Finding out that Kono liked fishing.

“I catch them, you clean them.” – Seems fair.

Kono taking out all the bad guys on her own.

“Where are we going?”
“Hell if I know.”

Danny and Steve arguing on how to coach Grace.

Catherine is coaching the other team? Uh oh.

Danny telling Grace that they love Uncle Steve but he knew nothing about baseball.

Steve kicking dirt on Kamekona’s feet. Classic.

Steve looking over to find Danny staring at him. I don’t know if there will ever be a look that tops that one. Ever.

“You say he’s a psychopath, he’s a sociopath so you just automatically assume you two are brothers. Makes sense to me.”

Who else is sorry to let the Wo Fat as Half-Brother Storyline go?

“Is there anything you can’t do?”
“Cook and clean.”

“We hit them before they hit us.”

Danny suggesting that Chin and his newly rebuilt computer get a room.

Steve finding out about the job offer that Catherine turned down.

“Nothing says R&R like whacking somebody out.”

“I prefer chunky but this’ll do.” – Okay, now I officially like this guy.

Catherine admitting she was happy and didn’t want anything to risk their relationship, even if it was the perfect job.

“I’m gonna miss seeing you in those cammies.”

Of course Steve takes Danny’s keys before he even gets the chance to drive his new car. It’s wrong how hard that made me laugh.

“You’re not gonna let me drive my new car? You’re a jerk, you know that?”

And the new car gets a cargument. It is now officially christened.

Danny saying that they would help Catherine find a testosterone-free job.

Ray spreading peanut butter all over the guy in the middle of the sugar cane field.

“When it comes to rats, I’m a little squeamish.”

“Chances are, we tangle, one of you is going down.”
“I wouldn’t bet on that.” – Me neither.

“Her name is Amanda and she’s not just my daughter. She’s my life.”

Danny informing Carl that he had five seconds to tell him where Amanda was or he was going to let her father in. Yep, that would make me talk, too.

Steve letting Ray go.

The guys walking in on Mr. Peanut Butter Man taking a shower.

“‘Saddle up’? Really?”
“I thought it was appropriate.”

Cracking up at the differences in the ways that Steve and Danny take out sentries. Very different methods but they both work.

Ray being reunited with his daughter.

Steve telling Catherine to take the job. I knew he was going to say that.

“There’s no kissing in baseball, Steve.”

Grace hitting a home run. Aw.

What did you think of this episode of Hawaii Five-0? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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